concerted effort in the off-season to lift, condition, and learn
is sure to bolster the 2012 LeRoy football program which looks
to once again play the championship style football this program
has displayed in years past in collecting a Section 5 high 14
sectional crowns. Senior leadership and experience looks to blend
with some very capable underclassmen personnel as the team looks
to capture an LCAA divisional crown and beyond. The road will
not be easy as the schedule has its fair share of very capable
and rugged opponents.
The Oatkan Knights open with defending sectional champion Geneseo
on the road at Don DeBadts field. The second contest is also on
the road as Warsaw hosts what surely will be a very physical contest.
Friday, September 14th will be the home opener against the Avon
Braves which have been a sectional finalist the past 4 years.
All evidence points to another fine year for the Braves who have
size, speed, and confidence instilled by head coach Andy Englert.
Week 4 the Knights are again home against a very tough Bath squad
led by 4-year senior QB Dan Leonard. Perry has been very busy
in the off-season and will display their wares in Game 5 in Perry.
Increased numbers are the order for Bishop Kearney who visit Hartwood
Park on Friday, October 5th with a team stoked with speed and
size. One of their lineman is listed at 6'10, 280 lbs! The final
regular season game is against rival Cal-Mum on Friday, October
12th at Hartwood Park. The Red Raiders will be anxious to show
they still have the goods to hand the Knights a 4th straight loss
in this series. This rugged affair will be featured as a Section
5 Game of the Week and televised live on local Time Warner Cable.
captains for the 2012 Knights are all seniors, led by 2-time LCAA
all-star Marcus Mistersaro, who will be all over the field as
he plays a role in each of the 3 aspects of the game - offense,
defense, and special teams. The other senior captains are Archie
Cappotelli, Dylan Johnson, and Jared Resch who all worked hard
in the weight room in anticipation of their final year of play
offensive line will feature 5 seniors in the 6 slots. Resch and
Jayce 'Tuesday' Seeley will start at tackle, while Archie Capotelli
and 2nd year starter Kody Lamkin, just a sophomore, will man the
guard slots. No one on the team is as hungry as the 'man in the
middle' of the O-line, senior center Trent Fenstermaker who returns
to the gridiron after having lost his junior season to injury
in last year's Victor scrimmage. Trent has been the vocal leader
of the team on and off the field and has worked extra hard to
make his final year a year to remember. Mistersaro will supply
strong blocking and offensive power out of his tight end position.
Sophomore Mike Shepard has impressed all on the team with his
work ethic and was elevated to the varsity from the JV team. His
presence will be felt as he begins what is sure to be a very successful
The backfield and wideouts are loaded with speed and potential.
Mike McMullen has done a great job learning the offense he will
lead as a sophomore QB. Mike can zip the ball and loft it with
touch when needed. He led the JVs to a 7-1 season in 2011 and
played well when brought up to the varsity late last season for
the sectional quarterfinals against champion-to-be Wellsville.
Dylan Johnson has worked hard at lifting to add strength to the
speed he is naturally blessed with. The senior has a hand injury
at this juncture but will suit up with a cast and take it to any
opponent in his way. Sophomore Tommy Kelso has great hands and
has no problem moving the pile as he blasts to the hole from his
fullback position. Sophomore Jon Pierce is picking up what Coach
Moran has been laying down and is improving with each practice.
Jon was pulled up last season to the varsity as a freshman after
dominating at the JV level where he averaged 162 yards a game
and 7.5 yards a carry while scoring 9 TDs. Jon also uses his leg
strength to punt, averaging a respectable 35+ yards in 2011. Junior
Peter Privitera displayed his speed and strength in last weekend's
Victor scrimmage against some very good competition. The speedster
darted through and around the opposition at the scrimmage which
caught the eye of the media who acknowledged Peter's running prowess
in the newspaper. Peter is prepared to perform at a very high
level this season.
targets for QB McMullen will be the sure handed Mistersaro, Kylan
Carter, Ryan McQuillen, and Steve Cappotelli. Carter was #2 on
last year's squad for all-purpose yardage per game as he fearlessly
returns kickoffs and punts in addition to making "big"
plays. McQuillen brings the speed and big-play ability that his
last name has been associated with due to his play on JVs last
season and the play of his graduated all-state brother Tommy.
Ryan showed up for all of the "extra" sessions to work
his way onto the varsity as a sophomore. The Knights are sure
to reap the rewards of his hard work off the field for the next
3 seasons. Junior Steve Cappotelli has added some nice size to
his frame and will be able to plow over the opposition as well
as go up and make the big catch with his athleticism.
defense has immense experience as it returns the top 7 tacklers
from last year's varsity squad who accounted for 277 tackles:
Tom Kelso (#1), Marcus Mistersaro, Archie Cappotelli, Dylan Johnson,
Peter Privitiera, Steve Cappotelli, and Kody Lamkin. This experienced
group will be aided nicely by the top 5 tacklers from last season's
7-1 JVs: Chandler Winling (#1) , Eric Egeling, Frank Conte, Conrado
Caballero, and Zach Fitzsimmons. A very nice surprise for the
defense has been the emergence of junior weight training phenom
Brandon Van Grol who put in hours of work in the weight room to
be able to blast through would-be blockers. Coaches at last week's
Victor scrimmage were all asking "who's that?" as Brandon
executed his role as a silent gridiron assassin. With each practice
he is learning more and more as this is just his 2nd season playing
football. Chris DeFelice, Alex Dunn, and Sean McMullen are also
being counted on to "bring it" on defense as all 3 are
Moran enters his 24th season as head coach with a record of 177-58-2
along with long time assistants Andrew Paladino (defensive coordinator-28
total seasons) and Jim Bonacquisti (special teams-18 seasons).
Brian Herdlein enters his 3rd season as the offensive coordinator
for the Knights. Also helping this season as a special assistant
coach is LeRoy alum and 2-time all-state football selection Brady
Bonacquisti who has been working with the team since spring agilities.
He unselfishly has given of his time during the optional summer
sessions and mandatory 2-a-days as he relates his 4 years of college
football experience at Alfred University with this year's Knights.
Tradition lives on; look for the Knights to be much improved this